List of Battle Royale characters

List of Battle Royale characters

The following is a list of characters that appear in the novel, manga, and film versions of Battle Royale.

Primary characters

Shuya Nanahara

  • Assigned weapon: Army Knife (novel and manga); Pot lid (film)

Boy #15 Shuya Nanahara (七原秋也 Nanahara Shūya?) is the primary protagonist. He has witnessed a good deal of troubling events throughout his life. His father was killed by the government for struggling against the regime, and his mother died while he was in third grade. When the rest of his family rejected him, Shuya was put in an orphanage. He is willing to trust others, not wanting to take part in the Battle Royale program. He tries several times to rally fellow students in an attempt to escape, but fails. Consequently, he narrowly escapes death at the hands of his classmates on several occasions. Shuya is a self-proclaimed "rock star", listening to and playing rock 'n' roll music in spite of the ban on the genre. Shuya's favorite artist is Bruce Springsteen. After the death of his best friend Yoshitoki, he vows to protect Yoshitoki's crush, Noriko, in his stead. Shuya survives the contest and escapes. In the manga version he emigrates to the United States.

In the English manga he has the nickname "Shu."

In the original novel Shuya develops an anger and feels remorseless when he kills soldiers on the boat. In the manga, Masayuki Taguchi altered Shuya's personality so the characters could differentiate themselves, as he believed the serialization of the manga requires more of this aspect than other mediums such as novel and film. Taguchi described Shuya as developing a justice-oriented personality like "the character of a shonen manga." As Taguchi developed Shuya's pacifistic characteristic, he decided to change the ending and allow for Shuya to spare the soldiers in the boat. Taguchi somewhat felt that Shuya pulled him into the story.[1]

Kills: Tatsumichi Oki (accident); Unspecified number of soldiers (novel); Kitano (film); Kazuo Kiriyama (manga)

Noriko Nakagawa

Girl #15 Noriko Nakagawa (中川典子 Nakagawa Noriko?) is the story's primary female character and Shuya's first companion, as well as, ultimately, his love interest. She is a quiet, reserved girl. In the novel and manga, she is shot in the lower leg for attempting to help Yoshitoki Kuninobu; in the film, she is shot in the arm, although this wound is an accident. In both versions she falls ill and is treated for her fever by Shogo and Shuya at a pharmacy. Although she does not realize it, she manages to keep Shuya sane, and she is the only other person besides Shuya to survive the game. Much like Simon in Lord of the Flies, Noriko is thought to represent a voice from outside the novel, such as the voice of the author or the audience. While innocent at heart, she is profoundly philosophical and inspires hope in Shuya and Shogo, and everything she says is true in the broader context of the novel. It is she who kills Kazuo Kiriyama, with the one and only bullet she fires during the course of the game (there is some confusion over this scene in the novel, as Shogo then shoots Kiriyama again and takes credit for the murder; the general consensus is that he is trying to spare Noriko the lifelong guilt of having killed someone). In the manga, after the game, her family rejects her (as her brother has been abducted by the police as a means to get her family to help look for her), so she emigrates to the United States with Shuya. In the film, teacher Kitano cares for Noriko, wishing her to win the game and reveals a picture of her as the victor when she, Nanahara and Kawada break into the school. He even goes into the island to look for her, giving her an umbrella.

Kills: Kazuo Kiriyama (novel); Unspecified number of soldiers (novel)

Shogo Kawada

Boy #5 Shogo Kawada (川田章吾 Kawada Shōgo?), portrayed as a loner within the class ranks, is a transfer student. He is put in Class B about two months before the program takes place. He is the winner of the current program (pretending to kill Shuya and Noriko) and a previous program which he participated in some three years prior. He allies himself with Shuya and Noriko, telling them he knows a way to escape from the island and the entire Battle Royale program. Noriko and Shuya frequently doubt his trustworthiness, but these doubts turn out to be unfounded, as Shogo reveals that he deliberately transferred to the school in hopes of being in the selected class. He is on a mission to avenge the death of his girlfriend, whom he killed purely on instinct during the last program they played in. He along with Noriko and Shuya defeat Kiriyama. He helps overturn the program, helping Shuya and Noriko to escape, but he succumbs to his wounds and dies. In all versions he is the final participant to die.

Koushun Takami describes Kawada as a "Young Champion-esque character" (the manga version of Battle Royale was serialized in Young Champion) and recalled that a person told him that Masayuki Taguchi's version of Shogo Kawada " looks like Bancho Kiyohara," referring to the Yomiuri Giants baseball player Kazuhiro "Bancho" Kiyohara. Readers of Young Champion ranked Kawada first in a character popularity poll. Taguchi felt that timing contributed to the ranking as a Kawada-centered story appeared at the time of the poll. Takami felt that Kawada would have received first place even if a Kawada-centered story had not appeared on the same pages as the poll.[1]

Kills: Kyoichi Motobuchi; Kinpatsu Sakamochi; Kazuo Kiriyama (film); Kaori Minami, Yonemi Kamon (manga)

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama (post-game)

Kazuo Kiriyama

Boy #6 Kazuo Kiriyama (桐山和雄 Kiriyama Kazuo?) is the player who kills the most students in the game.

In the novel and manga, Kiriyama is a sociopath with the mind of a genius and the inability to feel emotion, due to brain damage from a car crash in his childhood (in utero in the novel) that led to partial lobotomy. He came from a rich family, but in the manga profile and the novel it is suggested he is an illegitimate child. Kiriyama has a great intuitive grasp of everything, enabling him to not only do outstanding schoolwork, but also to master normally time-consuming skills such as painting, playing the violin, and various martial arts at a rapid rate. However, due to his emotionless state, he tends to set them aside after attaining mastery. This quick intuitive grasp allowed Kazuo to be the first student to master the mechanics of the Program. In the manga, he also plucked out an abusive gym teacher's eyeball and crushed it with it still connected by the optic nerve, just to see the color of the liquid within. He was also the only male student not to fall for Mitsuko Souma's charms.

During his time in school, Kiriyama became the leader of his own gang, consisting of Mitsuru Numai, Sho Tsukioka, Hiroshi Kuronaga, and Ryuhei Sasagawa. Despite their loyalty, he has no attachment to any of them and murders all of them during the Program. Kiriyama participates in the Program not out of necessity (as with most students), but only because he had nothing better to do, and quickly becomes the primary antagonist and succeeds in killing many of his fellow classmates (fourteen total, fifteen if Shogo Kawada is counted, amounting to the most kills of all students), only to ultimately be killed in the end. In the novel, Noriko shoots Kiriyama in the head once, and then Shogo shoots him in the head again; at that point Shogo tells her that he killed Kiriyama to spare Noriko the guilt of murder. It is unknown who really fired the fatal shot. In the manga, Shuya ultimately kills Kiriyama by shooting him in the neck, though Kiriyama was able to regain his emotions from an earlier shot in the face, and moments before his death, he muttered Shuya's name.

In the film, Kiriyama, not from Shiroiwa Junior High School Class 3-B, voluntarily joins the Battle Royale program for his own entertainment. Unlike his novel and manga counterparts, he displays emotion and takes enjoyment in killing students. Kiriyama is also depicted as mute and never speaks during the course of the film. In this adaption, the "Kiriyama family" gang members from the novel and manga, led by Numai instead, thought Kiriyama was in the league with Kitano, and tried to bully him to confess, but were killed by him. Shogo ultimately kills him by shooting and detonating his collar.

Kills: Hiroshi Kuronaga, Ryuhei Sasagawa, Izumi Kanai, Mitsuru Numai, Yumiko Kusaka, Yukiko Kitano, Sho Tsukioka, Yutaka Seto, Toshinori Oda, Mitsuko Souma, Shogo Kawada (post-game); Shinji Mimura, Mizuho Inada (novel and manga); Keita Iijima (film); Kayoko Kotohiki, Hiroki Sugimura (manga)

Killed by: Noriko Nakagawa (novel); Shogo Kawada (film); Shuya Nanahara (manga)

Mitsuko Souma

Mitsuko "Hardcore" Souma as she appears in the manga.

Girl #11, Mitsuko Souma (相馬光子 Sōma Mitsuko?) is beautiful and seductive on the outside yet inside, she's a hollow shell, having been left damaged after suffering years of physical and sexual abuse from her stepfather. She is said to be the most beautiful girl in school with her angelic face, shapely body, and seductive smile which is referred to in the novel as her "fallen angel's smile." She uses her sexuality to her advantage throughout the series. Similar to Kazuo Kiriyama, Mitsuko suffers from childhood trauma, and she is the leader of her own gang, which consists of Hirono Shimizu and Yoshimi Yahagi. She manages to kill a total of nine students, becoming the second most dangerous opponent in the Program, before being killed by Kazuo Kiriyama.

In the novel, Mitsuko is abused by several individuals. When she was nine years old, her mother was paid to let three men rape and videotape her. Next, she was raped by her trusted elementary school teacher when she told him of her previous rape. A friend of hers witnesses the rape and spreads a rumor which leads to the teacher's resignation. Later, Mitsuko's mother again accepted payment to let Mitsuko be raped but Mitsuko resisted, accidentally killing her mother in the process. She is sent to live with relatives, only to be molested once again by the father of the household.

In the manga, it was revealed that as a child, Mitsuko's real father divorced his wife and eventually fled the country altogether, intending to protect her and young Mitsuko from the government. This left Mitsuko completely heartbroken and in tears. Before he left, her father gave her a Magical Emily Ring because he knew that she wanted to have one and also so that she could have something to remember him by. Mitsuko would later treasure the Ring and use it as a possible source of comfort even during the Program.

Some time later, and when Mitsuko was nine years old, she then met her stepfather who ended up giving her a doll which was the only time he'd ever really shown her kindness along with the promise that they would be a family. Shortly after that, things changed as he then began subjecting both Mitsuko and her mother to all forms of abuse. In time, the damage was too much for even Mitsuko's mother to take and she too began abusing her own young daughter.

Eventually, the horrific abuse Mitsuko had endured during her childhood ended up leaving her physically, emotionally and psychologically damaged for life and she went from being a once happy, innocent child to a manipulative young woman who used her good looks and body to seduce her male targets while also giving her the delusion that touching seemingly makes it better, something that her stepfather regularly told her while abusing her. The resulting trauma also caused her to develop two completely separate personalities: the cold, ruthless Mitsuko who is extremely manipulative and deprived of mercy whenever it comes to killing her classmates or ruining the lives of others to get what she wants and the young childlike Mitsuko who still believes that she's Daddy's girl and begs for him not to leave because he promised that he'd stay with her.

Growing tired of her stepfather, Mitsuko later made a deal with a local criminal, arranging for her stepfather's murder, but he ended up killing her mother as well. Mitsuko then betrayed the criminal by calling the police on him. In the English manga, she's nicknamed "Hardcore Souma" presumably due to her good looks. She uses much of her sexuality in the manga and often seduces men before having sex with them and later ends up either drugging them and stealing their money or just killing them which she began doing during her tenure on the Program.

She developed a reputation in school, including when she stabbed a boy, causing him to get thirteen stitches. In the manga, Souma is head of a gang at school, where she participates in theft, murder, and prostitution. Many of the girls fear Mitsuko in the manga. Almost immediately upon being released onto the island for the Program, Mitsuko wastes no time in finding and killing her classmates one by one as she wants to win the game. Her designated weapon is a sickle or a scythe which she wields with incredibly lethal skill and she also uses her good looks and body to seduce her male classmates so that she can catch them off-guard.

Due to her emotional abuse, she has a twisted idea of sex, thinking that it is the solution to everything, which led her to rape a wounded Yuichiro Takiguchi, thinking it would make him feel better. She became upset when he said that it hurt him, and thinking that he was rejecting her, she killed him. She later came across Kazuo Kiriyama, another student who similarly to Mitsuko had been responsible for the majority of the deaths during the Program and almost immediately, the two engaged in a gunfight. Having been shot in her right arm, Mitsuko then attempted to seduce him by stripping completely naked, a tactic she had used on other men in the past. However due to his sociopathic behavior, Kiriyama did not fall for her act and proceeded to injure Mitsuko by shooting her in random parts of her body which left her in agony and caused her to remember various moments of her life. Her childlike personality seizing control, Mitsuko began calling for her father while saying that she was Daddy's girl. Kiriyama then proceeded to end Mitsuko's life by shooting her through the face which destroyed her nose and eventually resulted in her death. It should also be noted that due to the sexual abuse she was subjected to as a child, Mitsuko is shown to have misandry, a hatred of boys and men.

In the extended version of the film, a flashback portrayed a young Mitsuko returning home from school. At home she found her mother drunk, and an unknown man who then tried to molest her. Mitsuko retaliated in self-defense and pushed him down the stairs, snapping his neck and killing him. In the film, she is implied to be an outcast in school who has no friends. It was rumored that she slept with a few guys at school and stole Hirono Shimizu's boyfriend. She is played by Kou Shibasaki in the film.

Kills: Megumi Eto, Takako Chigusa, Tadakatsu Hatagami, Yuichiro Takiguchi; Kayoko Kotohiki (novel and film); Yoji Kuramoto, Yoshimi Yahagi (novel and manga); Hirono Shimizu (film)

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Shinji Mimura

  • Assigned weapon: Beretta 92 (novel, manga, and film)

Boy #19 Shinji Mimura (三村信史 Mimura Shinji?) uses his intellect to invent escape plans.

The novel describes Shinji as having "short hair" and wearing an "intricately designed [sic] earring" on his left ear. Shinji, the first-string shooting guard in basketball had the nickname "The Third Man."[2] Shuya and Shinji became friends after the two performed well as a team during the second-year class basketball competition.[3] The novel states that Shinji and Shuya had equal athletic skills, although Shinji would proclaim that he is more talented.[4] Shinji's grades in subjects other than mathematics and the English language "weren't great." Instead Shinji has an "incredible" scope of real-world knowledge, "mature, way beyond his peers" views, and knowledge of information from outside of the Greater Republic of East Asia. The novel states that Shinji is "not arrogant."[3]

In the novel and manga, his first plan is to hack into the government's computer and disable their collars, and then bomb the school. He is unsuccessful at hacking into the computer, since he discusses his plan with a fellow student, and the conversation is transmitted through his collar back to the teacher, who puts a stop to that plan. Shinji then attempts to bomb the building where the Program's staff is bunkered in, a plan which fails after a slight disruption that results in Shinji killing Keita Iijima. In the ensuing confusion, Kazuo shows up and kills both Shinji and his friend and accomplice, Yutaka Seto. In a series of flashbacks, it was also revealed that Shinji's uncle was a spy who taught him many things including how to hack systems and also how to make a bomb from items scattered around the island. His uncle later died although Shinji suspects that he was murdered by the government for being a spy. His manga profile also states that although he's sexually active, Shinji has displayed traits of misogyny.

In the film, Mimura meets with Iijima and Yutaka immediately. Mimura discovers that his collar is bugged early on, so they plot to bomb the school. They nearly succeed, but Kiriyama discovers the group and kills Yutaka and Iijima. As Kiriyama fires on him, Mimura detonates his bomb, killing him and blinding Kiriyama.

Kills: Keita Iijima (novel and manga); self (film)

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama (novel and manga); self (film)

Hiroki Sugimura

Boy #11 Hiroki Sugimura (杉村弘樹 Sugimura Hiroki?) spends most of the program time looking for Takako Chigusa, his best friend, and Kayoko Kotohiki, the girl he loves.

The novel describes Hiroki as "reserved" and as having a "tall, lanky body." Hiroki "projected toughness" because he studied martial arts. Hiroki has a "shy" demeanor and does not socialize that much with the other boys. The novel stated that people who began to "know [Hiroki] a little" discovered that Hiroki "turned out to be nice." Hiroki enjoys reading Chinese poetry; because the Greater Republic of East Asia considers China to be "part of our homeland," translations of Chinese books are easy to find in Japan.[3]

When he finds Takako, she is near death, and he comforts her. In the novel and film Kayoko becomes frightened and fatally injures Sugimura. In the manga, Kayoko decides to travel with him. However, they are both soon killed by Kiriyama.

Koushun Takami, author of the novel and co-author of the manga version of Battle Royale (with Masayuki Taguchi), said that the manga version emphasizes Sugimura's fear of being "violent."[1]

Killed by: Kayoko Kotohiki (novel and film); Kazuo Kiriyama (manga)

Takako Chigusa

  • Assigned weapon: Ice pick (novel and manga); Jackknife (film)

Girl #13 Takako Chigusa (千草貴子 Chigusa Takako?) is an athletic girl (the fastest sprinter on the track team) and the second prettiest in the class (next to Mitsuko Souma).

Takako is described as a little severe-looking with upward-curved eyes, a sharp chin, and a well-defined nose. She is very close with Hiroki Sugimura, her only friend in the class. On the island, she is approached by Kazushi Niida, a boy she despises because of his immaturity. When she refuses to team up with him, he threatens to rape her and attacks her. She gouges out his eyes and crushes his penis and scrotum, finally killing him with her issued ice pick. Takako then notices Mitsuko standing nearby and talks with her for a short time before Mitsuko shoots her and leaves her for dead. Mortally wounded, she is found by Hiroki a while later. She tells him that he has become "quite a stud." He compliments her back but before she can thank him, she dies in his arms. Takako is played by Chiaki Kuriyama in the film.

Kills: Kazushi Niida

Killed by: Mitsuko Souma

Yukie Utsumi

Girl #2 Yukie Utsumi (内海幸枝 Utsumi Yukie?) is an intelligent, caring girl. She is best friends with Haruka. In the novel she is a member of a non-distinct group of girls referred to by the novel as "the neutrals."[5]

During the game, she gathers Haruka and several other girls and hides in an abandoned lighthouse. Hiroki delivers Shuya and brings him in. Yukie admits that she is in love with him. Another girl, Yuko Sakaki, is suspicious of Shuya (she witnessed Oki's accidental death and assumed Shuya meant to kill him while holding a very strong belief in the fact that Shuya is a demon). Yuko decides to poison his food, but the food meant for him is instead eaten by Yuka Nakagawa, who quickly dies. As a result, the girls quickly turn on each other and the resulting bloodbath and carnage results in Yuko being the only survivor. In the novel and manga, Yukie is gunned down by Satomi when she fires a warning shot. Yukie is the thirtieth to die.

In the film she is shot by Satomi and in return kills Satomi; she dies shortly afterwards.

Kills: Satomi Noda (film)

Killed by: Satomi Noda

Supporting characters

Male students

Yoshio Akamatsu

  • Assigned weapon: Crossbow (novel, manga, and film)

Boy #1 Yoshio Akamatsu (赤松義生 Akamatsu Yoshio?) is the first student to leave the school where they are briefed in all versions of the series.

Yoshio Akamatsu is one of the class of third-year students at the fictional Shiroiwa Junior High School. A large, overweight boy who performs poorly in sports, Yoshio is frequently bullied,[2] particularly by his classmate Ryuhei Sasagawa. Yoshio is said to be 180 cm tall in the novel (about 5'11"). He is a timid, quiet student, who is often paranoid about being mistreated by his peers. In the manga, a flashback of Yoshio being asked for help with a video game by Shuya Nanahara can be seen. Shuya had told Yoshio that he considered him a friend.

In all versions, after killing girl #14 Mayumi Tendo, Yoshio trips down a small hill during his attempt to kill Nanahara, blinded by fear of his own death. He rises in a huff to find Kazushi Niida standing nearby. Kazushi then shoots Yoshio with an arrow from his own crossbow. The book says that Kazushi shoots him in the back of the neck accidentally after panicking. In the film, Kazushi shoots Yoshio in the heart instead of the neck after panicking. In the manga, the attack is deliberate and is done by Kazushi Niida: when Yoshio awakens, he panics and looks for his crossbow. However, Kazushi shoots him in the side of the head, killing him instantly.

Kills: Mayumi Tendo

Killed by: Kazushi Niida

Keita Iijima

In the novel and manga, Boy #2 Keita Iijima (飯島敬太 Iijima Keita?) is a loner who is a former friend of Shinji Mimura. The two have had a falling out, due to Keita's refusing to help fight the street gang harassing Shinji, in his spite of losing a bet, though Iijima is also said to be a coward, which Shinji refused to take into account. When Keita wishes to join Yutaka Seto and Shinji, Shinji points a gun at Keita and tells him to leave. Shinji fires the gun in an attempt to scare him off, but accidentally hits and kills him. This begins a chain of events which leads to the ultimate failure of Mimura's plan. In the manga, Keita is known to vomit in disgust when he sees something revolting, such as when Kazuo Kiriyama plucks out the eyeball of a gym teacher and crushes it in front of everyone, and when Yonemi Kamon shows the class the decaying corpse of Masao Hayashida.

In the film, Iijima is shown to be laughing at inappropriate times---in the beginning, Kitano demands to know what was funny, to which he gave no answer. Iijima is still Mimura's friend, and he travels with Mimura and Yutaka. In the end Kazuo Kiriyama kills Iijima and Yutaka, but Iijima's last words were that they will be together when they escape.

Killed by: Shinji Mimura (novel and manga); Kazuo Kiriyama (film)

Tatsumichi Oki

Boy #3 Tatsumichi Oki (大木立道 Ōki Tatsumichi?, romanized Ooki in the English manga) cracks under the pressure of the situation in all of the versions.

Oki is a member of the school's handball team.[2] After the game starts, he goes insane and attempts to kill Shuya and Noriko. After a fall with Shuya, his weapon becomes lodged in his face. Yuko Sakaki witnesses the fall, and believes Shuya to be deliberately responsible for Oki's death.

Killed by: Shuya Nanahara (accident)

Toshinori Oda

Toshinori Oda (織田敏憲 Oda Toshinori?) is boy number 4. In the English manga, he is nicknamed "Froggy" for his appearance.

In the novel and manga, little more than an ugly rich kid (his father owning a successful produce company) with high views of himself, Toshinori sets out to preserve his talents with the violin. Toshinori loathes the students in his class, calling them the 'vulgar masses'. He hates Shuya because Shuya is handsome and plays rock music, which Toshinori has a great disdain for. Toshinori kills Hirono Shimizu. Afterwards Kazuo Kiriyama, whom Toshinori states he despises, because he engaged in vulgar activities with his gang, shoots Toshinori. Although the bulletproof vest prevents Toshinori's death, in the end Kiriyama kills him. In the novel Kiriyama shoots into Toshinori's helmet, while in the manga Kiriyama shoots Toshinori in the groin, with Toshinori dying of blood loss. In the film, Kiriyama brandishes a wakizashi and beheads him; Kiriyama then picks up the head, places a hand grenade inside Toshinori's mouth and throws it into Shogo's hideout.

Kills: Hirono Shimizu (novel and manga)

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Yoshitoki Kuninobu

  • Assigned weapon: None

Boy #7 Yoshitoki Kuninobu (国信慶時 Kuniobu Yoshitoki?) is Shuya's best friend. He is cheerful and does not lose his temper easily. In the Japanese version, he's the only character aside from Noriko who calls Shuya by his first name. He is killed by Kamon/Sakamochi/Kitano before the game begins.

In the novel and manga, after the teacher reveals that he has raped Yoshitoki's guardian (orphanage overseer) who protested about her two charges being involved in the Program, Yoshitoki expresses his hatred for the teacher. Showing hatred for a government official is illegal, so Sakamochi orders him to be fired at by the government men standing nearby. He is shot repeatedly and is the first to die. Later on in the manga Shuya revealed that Yoshi's parents had gotten divorced when he was very young and his mother had then abandoned him, prompting Yoshi to be taken into care where he eventually met Shuya and the two ended up developing a strong friendship.

In the film, Yoshitoki had stabbed Kitano in the buttocks at school, leading to Kitano's resignation. When the children appear for the program, after Kitano kills Fumiyo and Noriko is shot in the chaos, Yoshitoki attacks Kitano. In revenge, Kitano slashes Yoshitoki's buttocks. After Yoshitoki argues and fights with Kyoichi Motobuchi, Kitano detonates Yoshitoki's collar.

Killed by: Several soldiers (novel); Kitano (film); Yonemi Kamon (manga)

Yoji Kuramoto

Boy #8 Yoji Kuramoto (倉元洋二 Kuramoto Yōji?) is a quiet boy in a relationship with Yoshimi Yahagi. In the manga, they first met at a cinema.

In the novel and manga, during the program they have a dispute (Yoji claiming he never loved her) and then reconcile, only to both be killed shortly thereafter by Mitsuko. In the film the two commit suicide by hanging.

Kills: self (film)

Killed by: Mitsuko Souma (novel and manga); self (film)

Hiroshi Kuronaga

  • Assigned weapon: Unspecified in novel and manga; Knife (film)

In the novel and manga, Boy #9 Hiroshi Kuronaga (黒長博 Kuronaga Hiroshi?) is a member of Kiriyama's street gang. After being told by Kiriyama to meet with the other gang members at a certain point on the island, he, along with the other gang members, is killed by Kiriyama. He is a small plump boy with tiny glasses.

In the film, he is in a group of students who bully Kiriyama; he dies with the rest of the group.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Ryuhei Sasagawa

In the novel and manga, Boy #10 Ryuhei Sasagawa (笹川竜平 Sasagawa Ryūhei?) is a member of Kiriyama's street gang with long hair. After being told told by Kiriyama to meet with the other gang members at a certain point on the island, he, along with the other gang members, is killed by Kiriyama.

In the film, he is in a group of students who bully Kiriyama; he dies with the rest of the group.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Yutaka Seto

  • Assigned weapon: Fork (novel, manga, and film)

Boy #12 Yutaka Seto (瀬戸豊 Seto Yutaka?), the class clown[2] and the shortest boy, allies with Shinji Mimura and helps him gather the materials for the bomb plan. In the film Keita Iijima is also part of his group.

In the novel, Yutaka has a crush on Izumi Kanai. In the manga, because the teacher killed Fumiyo Fujiyoshi, his crush, he feels especially motivated to help Shinji. In the novel and manga, Kazuo Kiriyama unexpectedly ambushes him and Shinji, and he is killed while Shinji survives the initial shots. In the film, Yutaka calls out to who he thinks is Shuya Nanahara, but turns out to be Kiriyama, and he is gunned down.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Yuichiro Takiguchi

Boy #13 Yuichiro Takiguchi (滝口優一郎 Takiguchi Yūichirō?), an otaku, is very naïve and a bit too friendly. He hides with his friend Tadakatsu and has a crush on Mitsuko.

In the novel and manga, when Mitsuko attempts to kill Tadakatsu, they capture her. Yuichiro sympathizes with Mitsuko, going as far as to take a bullet meant for her. Mitsuko, shocked by his genuine kindness, shows him more compassion than any other, holding his body and even giving him a genuine kiss. While in the manga, Mitsuko unzips his trousers,places her mouth on his penis,sucks on it, takes off her panties, and forces his penis into her genitals, hysterically believing that rape would stop his pain, when he screams at her to stop she drives her scythe into his throat just as he reaches climax.

In the film, he and Tadakatsu are seen nude, stabbed to death while Mitsuko, putting on her clothes, leaves the area, implying that she seduced them to lower their guard and struck when they were most oblivious.

Killed by: Mitsuko Souma

Sho Tsukioka

  • Assigned weapon: Deringer (novel and manga); Nunchaku (film)

Boy #14 Sho Tsukioka (月岡彰 Tsukioka Shō?) is the sole homosexual in the class.

In the novel and manga, he is member of Kiriyama's street gang. His father owns a gay bar and he often entertains in it. He views himself as if he is a woman inside, and is incredibly narcissistic. He also has a crush of some sort on Shuya, and refers to fellow boys and Kiriyama with strange nicknames. After he witnesses Kiriyama killing off the other members of the street gang, Sho, being skilled at stealth, devises a plan to follow Kiriyama around until Kiriyama kills everyone off, then killing Kiriyama, thus becoming the winner of the Program and getting to return home to Japan. However, Kiriyama almost immediately realizes that Sho is stalking him, and tricks Shou into lingering in a Forbidden Zone by leading him into a zone with a bathroom. Kiriyama then entered the small stall, making Shou believe that he was urinating.

After the dripping noise goes for about 5 minutes, Sho finally decides to look up. A breeze opens the door to the toilet, and Sho notices that Kiriyama had impaled a water bottle, and put it over the toilet, creating a false peeing sound. Sho then turns to see Kiriyama walking far away and before he can do anything, he realizes that Kiriyama has tricked him and led him directly into a Danger Zone which is fatal as if any of the students were to go into an Danger Zone area, then their collars would explode, killing them. Tragically, this fate befalls Sho with the sheer force of the explosion decapitating him which kills him straightaway. In the manga, his profile stated that under no circumstances was Sho to leave the island alive, suggesting that the government might be against homosexual activity.

In the film, he is one of a group of students who bully Kiriyama; he dies with the group.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Kazushi Niida

Boy #16 Kazushi Niida (新井田和志 Niida Kazushi?) is a sleazy, awkward boy.

In the novel he is a member of the soccer (football) team.[2] Kazushi kills Yoshio after finding him unconscious, and then comes upon Takako Chigusa. In the manga, aside from desiring to rape Takako Chigusa, he attempts to shoot her when she runs from him. A vicious fight ensues, and ends with Kazushi being impaled with one of his own arrows. In the novel, Takako gouges out Kazushi's eyes, crushes his genitals, and viciously stomps on his throat before thrusting an ice pick into his mouth. In the film, he tries to coerce Takako with his arrow and accidentally fires it, scraping and scarring her flawless face, making her angry and frustrated with his behavior. After a final argument, she retaliates and repeatedly stabs him in the genitals, resulting in his death.

Kills: Yoshio Akamatsu

Killed by: Takako Chigusa

Mitsuru Numai

In the novel and manga, Boy #17 Mitsuru Numai (沼井充 Numai Mitsuru?) is Kiriyama's loyal second-in-command in the street gang. He was a harsh classmate, After Kiriyama tells the gang to meet at a certain point on the island, Mitsuru happens upon the dead bodies of his fellow gang members (along with Izumi, an innocent bystander). He is killed shortly thereafter.

In the film he is the leader of the students who bully Kiriyama; he dies with the group.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Tadakatsu Hatagami

Boy #18 Tadakatsu Hatagami (旗上忠勝 Hatagami Tadakatsu?) is a tall, athletic boy who is friends with Yuichiro. The two hide together.

In the novel, Tadakatsu played on the baseball team. Shuya was Tadakatsu's friend. The two stopped seeing each other after Shuya quit baseball and began playing the guitar, which was highly discouraged in the Greater Republic of East Asia. Tadakatsu's mother had an "uptight" attitude against guitar playing.[2]

In the novel and manga, he captures Mitsuko after she attacks them. After Yuichiro releases Mitsuko, she seduces Tadakatsu by taking off her bra in an attempt to kill him. They start to have sex and make out. After she tries to kill him, Tadakatsu chases a topless Mitsuko with his gun, and accidentally shoots Yuichiro when he jumps in front of her. While Tadakatsu is distracted by this, Mitsuko throws her kama into his shoulder. In the novel she then smashes his head with his bat, killing him. In the manga the kama also hits his eye, and head, causing his death.

In the film, he and Yuichiro are seen stabbed dead and nude in an area while Mitsuko is leaving.

Killed by: Mitsuko Souma

Kyoichi Motobuchi

Boy #20 Kyoichi Motobuchi (元渕恭一 Motobuchi Kyōichi?) is an intelligent but stuck-up student. He is the class representative and the son of a government official, which made him mistakenly think that he could not be selected for a Battle Royale because of his father's station. When he was selected for the Program, he cried that there must be a mistake, to which the teacher talked about equality, and that Kyoichi is no different than anyone else. Driven insane by his desire to live and to please his father, Kyoichi attacks Shuya, but is soon shot by Kawada at close range.

Killed by: Shogo Kawada

Kazuhiko Yamamoto

Boy #21 Kazuhiko Yamamoto (山本和彦 Yamamoto Kazuhiko?) is Sakura's longtime boyfriend. The novel describes Kazuhiko and Sakura as "the most intimate couple in the class."[6]

After reuniting, the two have a talk and eventually decide not to play the game at all. They soon die when they throw themselves off a cliff, landing into the ocean and drowning. In the novel and manga, the two jump when they hear a person approaching; the person approaching is revealed to be Yukie, who only wants to help them, and is distraught at seeing them die.

Masayuki Taguchi, creator of the manga version, felt that he fully grasped how to portray the suicide of Sakura and Kazuhiko.[1]

Commits suicide.

Female students

Mizuho Inada

Mizuho Inada as she appears in the manga.

Girl #1 Mizuho Inada (稲田瑞穂 Inada Mizuho?) spends most of her time living in a fantasy world, thinking of herself as a beautiful warrior. On the island, due to the intense and bloody circumstances, her mind breaks down and she begins to actually believe in the fantasy. She is best friends with Kaori Minami and Megumi Eto. Toshinori Oda referred to the three girls as "daydreamers".

In the novel, while believing she is an enlightened warrior, she creeps behind Kazuo in an attempt to stab him; he shoots her in the head without even looking backwards.

In the manga, she attacks Shuya, who tries to persuade her to join them to escape the island, but due to her damaged mentality, she keeps shooting at him until her gun runs out of bullets. At this point, Shuya finally gives up as Mizuho changes the cartridge, and Shuya escapes. After that, she succumbs to her delusional world, and believes it to be a reality. She creates an overly elaborate shrine to her fictitious god, believing that it would save her from any harm, and Kiriyama kills her while she is worshiping there. In the novel Mizuho is the last girl to die.

In the film she and Kaori join forces; they are later seen stabbed to death next to a life preserver. The two had killed one another.

Kills: Kaori Minami (film)

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama (novel and manga); Kaori Minami (film )

Megumi Eto

Megumi Eto (江藤惠 Etō Megumi?, romanized Etou in the manga) is Girl #3.

Megumi Eto is a shy girl who is close friends with Noriko Nakagawa. In the novel and manga, she hides in an abandoned house. She tries to use her cellular phone to call her parents, but the teacher answers instead.

In the novel, Megumi ends the call and hears Mitsuko enter the house. Sakamochi, the teacher, calls again, alerting Mitsuko to Megumi's presence. In the manga, Megumi crushes her phone with her hand, and after hearing someone break into the house, becomes frightened. Wishing the person to be one of her friends, her luck fails as Mitsuko discovers the phone.

In the novel and manga, Mitsuko tells Megumi that she is scared, as well, and wants to team up with her. Megumi, overjoyed believes her, but Mitsuko instead slits her throat, revealing that she had been lying the whole time and is actually playing to win. Mitsuko then remarks that red isn't really Megumi's colour before leaving the house altogether. Megumi is the fifth student to die in the manga.

In the film Megumi, a photographer, has a crush on Mimura and is Noriko's best friend. Megumi takes refuge inside an abandoned house when Mitsuko enters the house and intimidates Megumi. Mitsuko compares their weapons and takes Megumi's stun gun. When she seems to be handing the stun gun back to Megumi, Mitsuko begins to attack her. Mitsuko corners Megumi and places the kama next to her throat before slitting the throat.

Megumi is often bullied (especially by Hirono Shimizu). In the film, after Megumi is killed and Hirono confronts Mitsuko, Hirono defends Megumi as well as her friend Yoshimi.

Killed by: Mitsuko Souma

Sakura Ogawa

  • Assigned weapon: Unspecified in novel, manga, and film.

Girl #4 Sakura Ogawa (小川さくら Ogawa Sakura?) is one of the most attractive girls in the class, and Kazuhiko's longtime girlfriend. The novel describes Sakura and Kazuhiko as "the most intimate couple in the class."[6]

She and Kazuhiko meet on the island and decide to kill themselves by jumping off a cliff.

In the novel, Yukie witnesses their deaths, and is very upset.

Masayuki Taguchi, creator of the manga version, felt that he fully grasped how to portray the suicide of Sakura and Kazuhiko.[1]

Commits suicide.

Izumi Kanai

  • Assigned weapon: Unspecified in novel and manga; Hand grenades x2 (film)

Girl #5 Izumi Kanai (金井泉 Kanai Izumi?) is a student.

In the novel, Izumi is a girl who is part of a non-distinct group of girls referred to by the novel as "the neutrals." Izumi's father is a town representative. The novel describes her as a "preppy."[5]

In the novel and the Japanese version of the manga, Izumi happens to be in the area where the "Kiriyama Family" meets. Kiriyama is uncertain as to fight the teacher or kill them all, so he flips a coin to decide. He then kills them all. In the novel she happens to be in the area. In the English manga Ryuhei and Hiroshi capture Izumi and bring her to be raped.

In the film she is with a group of students who bully Kiriyama; she is the last of the group to be killed. She survived the first wave of bullets from the submachine gun, begged Kiriyama to spare her, but he killed her with a second wave.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Yukiko Kitano

Girl #6 Yukiko Kitano (北野雪子 Kitano Yukiko?) is a feminine, domesticated girl who likes to bake cakes for her best friend Yumiko. She has a crush on Shuya. On the island, she and Yumiko decide to use Yumiko's megaphone to call the other students and discuss things as a group. However, this attracts the attention of Kazuo Kiriyama, who quickly kills both of them. Despite her surname is the same as the teacher's in the film, they are not related.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Yumiko Kusaka

Girl #7 Yumiko Kusaka (日下友美子 Kusaka Yumiko?) is an athletic tomboy and Yukiko's best friend. She has a crush on Shuya, but does not want to admit it to Yukiko, since Yukiko likes him, too. On the island, she and Yukiko decide to use her megaphone to call the other students and discuss things as a group. However, this attracts the attention of Kazuo Kiriyama, who quickly dispatches both of them.

Killed by: Kazuo Kiriyama

Kayoko Kotohiki

Girl #8 Kayoko Kotohiki (琴彈加代子 Kotohiki Kayoko?) is a playful, energetic girl who is a member of a tea ceremony class. She is unaware that Hiroki has a crush on her. She hides during most of the game, avoiding confrontation, until Hiroki finds her.

In the novel and film, the frightened Kayoko shoots Sugimura, who tells her that he loves her as he dies. Afterwards Mitsuko kills Kayoko.

In the manga, the two travel together, but are killed off by Kiriyama after Sugimura admits his love for her.

Kills: Hiroki Sugimura (novel and film)

Killed by: Mitsuko Souma (novel and film); Kazuo Kiriyama (manga)

Yuko Sakaki

Girl #9 Yuko Sakaki (榊祐子 Sakaki Yūko?, ES, FR, NL) is a troubled girl with big ears, who witnesses Oki's accidental death and blames Shuya for it. Later, she joins up with several other girls and hides in an abandoned lighthouse. When the girls find Shuya and bring him in, she poisons his food. The food, however, is instead eaten by Yuka Nakagawa, who quickly dies. The girls soon turn on each other and kill each other in a violent gun fight. Yuko survives this confrontation.

In the novel, her alcoholic and abusive father died in the hands of a yakuza, which led her family to be able to live in peace, but the abuse still left Yuko nightmares, and left her terrified of gore and violence. In the manga, its been clear that Yuko has an extremely high paranoia level (Shuya pointed out that she was crying when everyone awakened on the island). After witnessing two boys in Class 3-B fight, she refused to go to school for a while, and locked herself in her room. Her mother, Kaori Sakaki (榊かおり Sakaki Kaori?), and father, Soichiro Sakaki (榊宗一郎 Sakaki Sōichirō?), try to comfort her, but she closes her door on her father's fingers and realizes that anyone could be violent. In the English-language adaptation of the manga, she is a pious Christian, and sometimes saw a psychiatrist named Dr. Chiodo and a pastor named Pastor Min.

In the novel and manga, Yuko runs from Shuya. When she gets to the top of the lighthouse, her foot slips, and she falls. Shuya catches her and tries to pull her up, despite his severe injuries. Yuko realizes that Shuya is responsible for saving her life, even though he suffers agonizing pain, and this leads her to realise that he is good after all; her friends died in vain. Yuko pries her hand free from the bars, and falls to her death. Yuko dies thirty-third in the manga.

In the film, Yuko hears Shuya struggling with the door after he hears loud noises. Yuko opens the door and realises she was responsible for her friends' deaths, and then proceeds to commit suicide by jumping off the lighthouse.

Kills: Yuka Nakagawa (accident); self

Killed by: self

Hirono Shimizu

Girl #10 Hirono Shimizu (清水比呂乃 Shimizu Hirono?) is a rebellious girl.

In the manga and novel, she is a girl with spiked hair who has been involved with prostitution and drugs. On the island, she is attacked by Kaori Minami, which is briefly stopped by Shuya. However, Hirono was not a bad person, she merely had a negative reputation.

In the novel, she shoots Kaori and runs away. In the manga, she expresses interest in his offer, but runs away after Kaori shoots her in the shoulder.

In the novel and manga, Hirono uses her entire water supply to treat her wounds. However, she suffers from septicemia, and becomes severely dehydrated. When she tries to get water from a well, she is attacked by Toshinori Oda. She shoots him and leaves him for dead. However, it is soon revealed that he is wearing a bulletproof vest, and gets up to attack her again. In the novel he strangles Hirono with a belt. In the manga Toshinori pushes Hirono down the well, where she drowns during a final dream in which she climbs out, her dehydration gone, and finds Shuya and company who deactivate and remove her collar and tell her there is a way to escape the game. Her body is later discovered by Hiroki who mourns her.

In the film, Hirono confronts Mitsuko. Hirono accuses Mitsuko of killing Megumi, Yoshimi, and Yoji, pimping Yoshimi, and stealing Hirono's boyfriend while Mitsuko had sexual intercourse with other men. Mitsuko uses her stun gun to take Hirono's gun; once Mitsuko takes Hirono's gun, she shoots Hirono in the back as Hirono runs away.

Kills: Kaori Minami (novel)

Killed by: Toshinori Oda (novel and manga); Mitsuko Souma (film)

Haruka Tanizawa

Girl #12 Haruka Tanizawa (谷沢はるか Tanizawa Haruka?) is Yukie's best friend. The novel describes Haruka, a member of a non-distinct group of girls referred to by the novel as "the neutrals," as "exceptionally tall."[5]

She hides with Yukie and several other girls in an abandoned lighthouse. However, soon they turn against each other, and kill each other in a violent gun fight. Haruka does not participate until Satomi kills Yukie, and is shot several times in the side when grabbing her friend's gun. She finishes Satomi off by shooting her in the eye, while she herself lay dying. Haruka dies thirty-second. In the film Haruka does not kill Satomi.

Kills: Satomi Noda (novel and manga)

Killed by: Satomi Noda

Mayumi Tendo

  • Assigned weapon: Nunchaku (novel and manga); Boxing gloves (film)

Girl #14 Mayumi Tendo (天堂真弓 Tendō Mayumi?) is an attractive girl who is friends with Izumi Kanai and Yuki's gang. She is quickly killed by Yoshio as she exits the school. Perched on the roof, he shoots her dead. In the novel she gets an arrow to the back, while in the manga she receives an arrow through the head. In both the manga and novel Mayumi's corpse is the first object encountered by Shuya outside of the school. In the film Mayumi receives an arrow through her neck and dies shortly after she asks Shuya about the arrow.

Killed by: Yoshio Akamatsu

Yuka Nakagawa

Girl #16 Yuka Nakagawa (中川有香 Nakagawa Yūka?) is a chubby, cheerful girl who hides in an abandoned lighthouse with Yukie Utsumi, Haruka Tanizawa, Chisato Matsui, Yuko Sakaki and Satomi Noda. They then find Hiroki holding Shuya, who is injured.They take in Shuya and prepare a stew. Yuko, however, thinks Shuya intentionally killed Tatsumichi Oki, even though it was an accident. While Yuko is preparing soup for Shuya, she slips potassium cyanide into it. Yuka says that she will have a taste of the soup, and eats the poisoned food meant for Shuya, causing her to die. This sparks a gunfight between the girls in the lighthouse. Although Yuka has the same surname as Noriko, the two have no relation to one another as "Nakagawa" is a very common last name in Japan.

Killed by: Yuko Sakaki (accident)

Satomi Noda

Girl #17 Satomi Noda (野田聡美 Noda Satomi?) is a model student. Satomi wears wire-rimmed glasses which the novel says fits her "calm, intelligent face."[5]

Satomi was one of the girls who joins Yukie Utsumi and her group at the lighthouse. Her designated weapon was a Uzi submachine gun in all versions, which she uses to kill all of her friends. As soon as she left the school Satomi joined the group of girls that Yukie Utsumi put together. In the film, Satomi moans about only living until the next day. Yukie comforts her, telling her that she will find a way out of the scenario.

After Yuko Sakaki tries to poison Shuya Nanahara, but accidentally kills Yuka Nakagawa, the girls suspect each other, thinking that one of themselves is the murderer. Satomi realizes she should kill her friends since she has the chance to and win the program. She was the first one to become panicked enough to grab her gun and points it at her friends. Satomi kills Chisato Matsui, Yukie Utsumi, and Haruka Tanizawa in all versions but the details vary.

In the novel and manga, Satomi shoots Chisato first after she goes for Yuka's gun. Satomi claims afterwards that Chisato was guilty of poisoning Yuka and that Chisato's murder was in self-defence. Yukie rejects this, saying that Satomi killed Chisato because she just wanted to. Satomi gets ready to shoot Haruka because Haruka told Yukie to kill her. While Satomi's back is turned, Yukie points her gun at Satomi, and hesitates because she only wants to disarm her. This gives Satomi the chance to turn around and kill Yukie. Haruka dives for Yukie's gun but Satomi shoots her too. Thinking that Haruka is dead, Satomi turns to Yuko, the last girl standing. In the manga she encourages Yuko to join her, and that she will protect her. In the novel she also says that Yuko is 'different'. Haruka then uses the last of her energy to shoot Satomi in the head, killing her. In the novel, Satomi's Uzi goes off as she falls, almost tearing off Haruka's neck.

In the film, Satomi shoots Chisato dead, then ends up in a gunfight with Yukie and Haruka. Satomi successfully kills Haruka and mortally wounds Yukie, but sustains injuries herself. As in the other versions, Satomi speaks her last words, of mercy, to Yuko. However in the film Yukie shoots Satomi dead before dying herself, not Haruka.

Kills: Chisato Matsui, Yukie Utsumi, Haruka Tanizawa

Killed by: Haruka Tanizawa (novel and manga); Yukie Utsumi (film)

Fumiyo Fujiyoshi

  • Assigned weapon: None

Girl #18 Fumiyo Fujiyoshi (藤吉文世 Fujiyoshi Fumiyo?) is the quiet, caring nurse's aid. She's caught whispering during the presentation, and the teacher, angered at Fumiyo disobeying him throws a knife into her forehead which kills her as a result. In the novel and manga, she is the second student to be killed, while she is the first to die in the film. She is good friends with Yukie Utsumi, and in the bus she's with Kayoko Kotohiki; also in a flashback she's doing Bullying. In the manga, Yutaka has a crush on her, and named Shinji's plan "Fumiyo's Revenge".

Killed by: Kinpatsu Sakamochi (novel); Kitano (film); Yonemi Kamon (manga)

Chisato Matsui

Girl #19 Chisato Matsui (松井知里 Matsui Chisato?) is one of the class of third-year students at Shiroiwa Junior High School in Shiroiwa, Kagawa Prefecture. The novel describes Chisato, a member of a non-distinct group of girls referred to by the novel as "the neutrals," as "always quiet and withdrawn."[5] Chisato is a petite girl with long hair. She had a crush on Shinji Mimura and in the Manga, she and Yuka were apparently "Boy crazy".

Chisato was one of the girls who teamed up with Yukie Utsumi and the others at the lighthouse. She cooked the meal, along with Haruka Tanizawa, which made the others suspicious of her when Yuka Nakagawa was poisoned. When the girls all became paranoid and panicked, Satomi Noda grabbed the uzi, and when Chisato moved to get Yuka's gun, Satomi shot her three times in the back. In the film, she also accuses Yukie of poisoning the meal in order to run off with Shuya Nanahara alone before grabbing a gun.

Killed by: Satomi Noda

Kaori Minami

Girl #20 Kaori Minami (南佳織 Minami Kaori?) is a fan of various pop idols, especially of Junya Kenzaki. She is friends with Megumi and Mizuho, although Mizuho's fantasy games annoy her. On the island, Kaori finally loses her sanity after killing a cat, and she gets into a gunfight with Hirono. She then ends up shooting Hirono in the arm. After trying to kill Shuya, Shogo kills her by shooting her in the head with his shotgun. In the novel, Kaori is distracted by Shuya during her gunfight with Hirono, allowing Hirono to shoot her in the head.

In some of the flashbacks in the manga, she is constantly bullied by Mitsuko's gang; gang members usually steal her money. Other students label her "pizza face" to insult her due to her acne problem that she was sensitive to; during the program she goes insane because of this and often chants out the sentence, "No more pizza face!".

In the film, she and Mizuho Inada join together, but are later seen stabbed to death next to a life preserver. The two killed each other.

Kills: Mizuho Inada (film)

Killed by: Hirono Shimizu (novel); Mizuho Inada (film); Shogo Kawada (manga)

Yoshimi Yahagi

Girl #21 Yoshimi Yahagi (矢作好美 Yahagi Yoshimi?) is a rebellious girl with wavy, long hair and is in a relationship with Yoji Kuramoto, whom she met while watching a movie.

Yoshimi Yahagi is one of the class of third-year students at the fictional Shiroiwa Junior High School. She was a member of the gang headed by Mitsuko Souma, along with Hirono Shimizu. Yoshimi used to regularly steal from and torment her classmates. She often singled Kaori Minami out of the girls. Yoshimi is described in the novel as one of the more urban girls in Shiroiwa; she never saw a sickle before in her life.

In the novel and manga, Yoshimi is thrilled when she manages to meet up with Yoji, but is shocked when he attacks her. They talk briefly, and Yoji starts to realize that he could not kill Yoshimi because he loves her. Before they could do anything, Mitsuko appears and kills Yoji; in the novel, Mitsuko stabs Yoji's head with her sickle, while in the manga, she picks up Yoshimi's gun and shoots him through the head. Afterward, Yoshimi is then killed when Mitsuko shoots her in the eye.

In the film version, Yoshimi and Yoji hang themselves rather than participate in the Program.

Masayuki Taguchi, creator of the manga version, did not model his version of Yoshimi after any particular person. Taguchi said that he listened to many women and felt that they had a "unique outlook on life." Koushun Takami, author of the original Battle Royale novel, liked how Taguchi expanded Yoshimi's backstory. Takami described the manga version of the meeting between Yoshimi and Yoji as "standing strongly on its own."[1]

Kills: self (film)

Killed by: Mitsuko Souma (novel and manga); self (film)

Other characters

Kinpatsu Sakamochi

In the novel version Kinpatsu Sakamochi (坂持金発 Sakamochi Kinpatsu?) is a government employee who is the administrator of the current Battle Royale program. He briefs the students on the rules of the Program. He is a vile and sadistic man, as he kills two students because they annoy him. In the end, he was killed by Shogo Kawada. His name is a play on the character Kinpachi Sakamoto from the Japanese TV drama San nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei.

Yonemi Kamon

In the manga version, Yonemi Kamon (嘉門米美 Kamon Yonemi?) is a government employee who is the administrator of the current Battle Royale program. He briefs the students on the rules of Battle Royale. He is a vile and sadistic man, as he kills two students because they annoy him, and then orders the rest of the class to write lines, each stating that they will kill a certain student's name, all the while making cruel and sick jokes. He is also overtly lecherous. He also claims to have killed parents who objected to their children's placement in the program, as well as having raped Yoshitoki's guardian. Kamon himself bet 20,000 yen on Kazuo Kiriyama as the winner. When Yonemi tries to kill the winner, Shogo, for breaking the rules and saving Shuya and Noriko, Shogo stabs Yonemi in the neck with a pencil, killing him.


In the film version, Kitano (キタノ?) is the head instructor of the program.

He leaves his initial job at Shiroiwa Junior High School after Yoshitoki stabs him. Kitano returns as the instructor of the Battle Royale program and kills both Fumiyo and Yoshitoki.

Kitano seems to have some sort of affection for Noriko, whom he considers a respectful student much unlike the rest of her class. At one point in the movie, he saves her life from Mitsuko Souma by scaring Mitsuko. Afterwards, he then gives her his umbrella telling her "not to catch a cold". After Shogo Kawada is declared the winner, Kitano orders the military to leave the island and to not bother to check for the bodies of Shuya Nanahara and Noriko. When Shogo arrives to meet Kitano, Kitano reveals that he knew Shogo had deactivated Shuya's and Noriko's collars and then threatens to kill him. Shuya and Noriko both burst into the classroom in time. Kitano then reveals a painting he had created with all the other students dead, and Noriko triumphant. He tells her that he wishes to die, and he would prefer to die with her. He then threatens the trio with a gun once more and orders them to shoot him, or he would shoot them. Shuya promptly shoots him with a machine gun; Kitano rises and fires his gun (which turns out to be a harmless water gun). Shocked by the fake gun, Shuya accidentally lets loose another volley and Kitano falls down. Kitano rises again once more to answer his cell phone. After hanging up angrily on his daughter, tossing the phone to the floor, shooting it with a real gun and then eating the last of Noriko's cookies (complimenting the cookies while doing so) Kitano dies.

Keiko Onuki

Keiko Onuki (大貫慶子 Ōnuki Keiko?) is Shogo Kawada's girlfriend from his previous school in Kobe; Keiko was in Shogo's class when the two were in a Battle Royale.

In the novel, Shogo loses track of Keiko; Shogo believes that Keiko felt afraid of him. Shogo later discovered Keiko dead. In the manga, Shogo and Keiko meet. When Keiko seemingly points her gun towards Shogo, Shogo kills her; he later discovered that Keiko had aimed at a person behind him. In the film, Shogo and Keiko are the last two in the game. The injured players notice that their collars are about to explode. Keiko shoots Shogo to entice him to shoot her fatally; before Keiko dies she smiles and says arigatou (Thank you). Shogo, the survivor of that game, wonders why Keiko smiled at that point.

Ryoko Anno

Ryoko Anno (安野良子 Anno Ryōko?) is the superintendent of the Charity House, a Roman Catholic orphanage. She acts as guardian to Yoshitoki and Shuya. In the manga and novel, the teacher (Sakamochi in the novel, Yonemi in the manga) says that he raped her when she objected to her charges being selected for the program.

Masao Hayashida

Masao Hayashida (林田昌朗 Hayashida Masao?) is the teacher of Class 3-B at Shiroiwa Junior High School. He is executed when he pleads for the lives of the 3-B students and his corpse is left to decay for a while before being shown to his former class by their new "teacher" who tells them that this is the fate that befalls those who would defy the Program. He is nicknamed "Dragonfly" because of his glasses.

Tahara, Nomura, and Kondo

Privates Toshihiko Tahara (田原俊彦 Tahara Toshihiko?), Nomura (野村?), and Kondo (近藤 Kondō?) are, in the novel version, soldiers enforcing the Program. Tahara, described as "the frivolous one,"[7] shoots Noriko in the leg. The soldiers are killed by Shuya and Shogo in the end. They are named after characters in Kinpachi Sensei.

Keiichiro Sakaguchi

Keiichiro Sakaguchi (坂口健一郎 Sakaguchi Keiichiro?) was the gym teacher of Shiroiwa Junior High School, and he only appeared in the manga adaption. He was a formerly an Olympic judo participant, and has high skills in the martial arts, calling himself the "Jaguar" in arrogance. This arrogance, along with his abusive methods of "teaching" his students, made him highly despised by everyone in school. In the English translation, Sugimura had trouble remembering his name due to his dislike for the teacher. Sakaguchi would brutally beat up Sugimura in a judo match, despite knowing that Sugimura refused to fight back in pride, instead making it look like his student was weak. Sakaguchi then got humiliated by Mimura when the latter took his belt and dropped his pants, making him a laughing stock. Then Sakaguchi would suddenly pick on Kiriyama for reading a book about judo in class; Sakaguchi got defeated in the first round and was humiliated again, so he hit Kiriyama hard in the face in round two. This turned out to be a mistake, as Kiriyama used the third round to pop out Sakaguchi's right eyeball out of its socket. Sakaguchi screamed in pain and begged for mercy and help, but was ignored as Kiriyama crushed the eye while it was still connected via the retina, while everyone else refusing to help due to hating Sakaguchi and fearing Kiriyama. Horrified and traumatized by this torture, Sakaguchi resigned immediately.


In the film version Mai (FR) is the smiling girl who survived the previous program. She appears in the sequel, Battle Royale II.

Kazumi Shintani

In the novel, Shuya has confessed to and been rejected by Kazumi Shintani (新谷和美 Shintani Kazumi?), a tall, plump girl in his music club. She is older than he is, and plays the saxophone.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Final Chapter Memorial Discussion: Koushun Takami and Masayuki Taguchi." Battle Royale. Volume 15. Tokyopop
  2. ^ a b c d e f Takami, Koushun. Translated by Yuji Oniki. Battle Royale. VIZ Media. 2003 (English version). 22.
  3. ^ a b c Takami, Koushun. Translated by Yuji Oniki. Battle Royale. VIZ Media. 2003 (English version). 23.
  4. ^ Takami, Koushun. Translated by Yuji Oniki. Battle Royale. VIZ Media. 2003 (English version). 22-23.
  5. ^ a b c d e Takami, Koushun. Translated by Yuji Oniki. Battle Royale. VIZ Media. 2003 (English version). 21.
  6. ^ a b Takami, Koushun. Translated by Yuji Oniki. Battle Royale. VIZ Media. 2003 (English version). 21-22.
  7. ^ Takami, Koushun. Translated by Yuji Oniki. Battle Royale. VIZ Media. 2003 (English version). 51.

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